Everglades guide discusses the 5 components that make up the core of a fly fishing rig
In some ways, fly fishing is simpler than its standard rod/reel counterpart – you only have one type of bait (…the fly) and the casting action seems simpler once you get used to it.
When you get into the thick of it though, a fly fishing rig can be more complicated, especially when it comes to its core parts, namely the line and the fly at the end of it. It’s easy to think that it’s as simple as the line around the spool with a fly attached to the end, but as we’ll explain below, it’s a little more involved than that.
The hook is probably one of the most vital yet under-appreciated parts of a fishing rig. Without a hook, there will be nothing for the fish to grab onto so you can reel him into the boat. Also, there will be nothing for you to put your bait on if you’re using shrimp, squid, pinfish or some other type of live bait.
Fishing charters around Orlando and the Indian River Lagoon will keep a variety of hooks onboard. Which ones they use will depend on the bait, the type of fish they’re targeting and whether they plan on keeping their catch or throwing them back.
Although fishing regulations are based on a particular fish’s length, it’s the weight of the catch we all care about. Fishing records for example are based on weight, so if you snag a particularly large Redfish, Snook or Speckled trout, you’ll want to weigh him so you can brag about it later to your friends.
If you have a good fish story to tell, the fish’s weight will be the first thing they will ask about, so you’ll want to be ready. Now we’re not suggesting you inflate the number by 20% to make yourself look better, but in the end, how you tell your fish lies (…oops stories) is entirely up to you.